Truckee volleyball ‘hungry to win’
It still must sting, even 10 months after the fact. But Nicole Annaloro and her Truckee High volleyball team don’t talk much about that upset loss in the 2007 state championship.
They will, however, scratch the surface if prodded on the subject.
“They definitely have some motivation from what happened last year, but they also recognize that that was a completely different team,” Annaloro said, referring to her players’ sentiment about the 3A title match in Las Vegas.
Returning senior Callan Finney, a first team All-League and All-State outside blocker, also steered clear of rehashing the moment.
“It was obviously different people,” she said. “We’re ready to go out and compete. It’s still the same game, so we’re ready to go out and get it done.”
That’s exactly what the Wolverines did last season, when they swept the Northern 3A before dropping a heartbreaker to Yerington in the state championship, 24-26, 25-19, 16-25, 23-25. Truckee, which finished 35-4 overall last year, defeated Yerington four times prior to the match.
Seven players return from that team, while five of them ” four All-Leaguers ” were lost to graduation. Of the seven returners, four earned All-League recognition, including now-seniors Finney and Nikki Schneider at outside hitter and junior Kaylee Waters at libero. MaryAnn Nason, a junior libero, made honorable mention.
This year’s group of 12 breaks down to five seniors, five juniors, one sophomore and one freshman.
“With the girls we’ve added we’re a young team, but we have a ton of potential,” Annaloro said. “We’re not as big in height as last year, but I think we’re equally as strong.”
The coach said the Wolverines are especially strong defensively, but also have skilled setters to feed the front line.
And that front line is not soft, either, with Finney and Schneider ” the team’s co-captains ” packing a formidable one-two punch. Finney led the Wolverines in kills during last year’s regular season, recording 166 to go along with her 41 service aces, 128 digs and 12 blocks, while Schneider posted 126 kills and 16 blocks.
Both seniors agreed with their coach about the team’s defensive prowess. They’re also impressed with the squad’s camaraderie.
When asked to single out a team strength, Schneider answered, “Defense and chemistry, for sure, because we’ve been in the program together all through high school.”
In the case of freshman Annie Reiswig, Schneider said the youngster fits in nicely because she’s “just like her sister,” Katie Reiswig, who graduated this past year. The younger Reiswig is taller, though, at about 6-foot, Schneider said.
“I think we’re looking very good,” Finney said. “We’re definitely strong all around and our team chemistry is excellent …
“We’re really close; we’re like a family. And we all played club ball, so we’re definitely well rounded.”
Unlike past years, Truckee is skipping the season-opening Lowry Tournament. Instead it will compete in the high competitive Galena Tournament on Sept. 5 and 6. That tournament features 36 teams from several Western states.
“It’s nice because it’s early in the season, which will allow us to work some kinks out and see what I’m dealing with,” Annaloro said.
One thing’s for sure, Finney said: “We’re definitely hungry to win.”
The Truckee volleyball team plays at Whittell on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to open its season.
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